British Columbia

Updated January 31, 2017

University of British Columbia

General Information

For Entry in the 2018-19 Academic Year

The following policies apply to the 2018 Pediatric Subspecialty Match.  It is important to note that individual programs may have specific criteria that are used to review applications.  Applicants are responsible for reviewing program specific criteria, as well as the provincial criteria listed below, to ensure they meet all required eligibility criteria.

All matched applicants must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) for postgraduate medical education. https://www.cpsbc.ca/.

Training Level

Candidates must have completed at least three years of RCPSC accredited training in Core Pediatrics by June 30, 2018, in order to be eligible for subspecialty training in this match.

Off Cycle Residents:  Candidates who will complete their PGY3 training between July 1 and December 31, 2018 are eligible to apply.  Candidates must declare their completion date on the application form and request a late start.

Pediatric residents who will be completing their PGY3 training after December 31, 2018, should apply to the 2019 match.

Candidates in a core Pediatrics program or a Subspecialty Pediatrics program at the PGY4 level and higher are eligible to apply.

Exception to the Training Level and Training Program Criteria are those applicants that are acceptable for:

  1. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program according to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This includes residents enrolled in Anesthesiology, Cardiac Surgery, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery and Pediatrics.
  2. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program according to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This includes those residents enrolled in Emergency Medicine.

Licensed Physicians (including those on restricted licenses) are eligible to apply if they have Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited training in Pediatrics.

Training Program

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Core Pediatrics program in a Canadian or ACGME accredited training program. Training must be recognized by the RCPSC.

International Medical Graduates must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude subspecialty training.

Legal Status

Must be a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident

The province of British Columbia will accept one of the following notarized/certified documents as proof of citizenship/permanent residency. Documents other than what is listed below are not accepted.  Proof of citizenship/permanent residency must be submitted to CaRMS by the Rank Order deadline.  No allowances for late submission.

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate
  • Record of Landing
  • Canadian Citizen Card (Both sides)
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card (Both sides)

Source of Funding

Ministry of Health

All matched applicants must meet the licensing criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) for postgraduate education, including the English Language Proficiency Requirements. 

International Medical Graduates

Applicants are considered to have met the English Language proficiency requirements if:

  1. the language of instruction at medical school was English, and
  2. the primary language of patient care was English, and
  3. the first and native language of the country where the physician was trained is English.

Candidates who have not met the above requirement will require either a TOEFL-iBT or the Academic IELTS examination with the following scores:

  1. TOEFL iBT, with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections. TOEFL iBT score is valid for 2 years from the date taken; or,
  2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for graduates of Quebec Medical Schools:

Please note that candidates who attended medical school in Quebec where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians of Surgeons of BC through one of the following.

  1. TOEFL iBT, with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections. TOEFL iBT score is valid for 2 years from the date taken; or,
  2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.